Playreaders Switch from Comedy to Drama

Cast of "The Browning Version:" (Standing) Hal McCown, D. Hall, Charley Ensley, John Dolan, and Jane Borr. (Seated) Al Johnson and Jackie Kokemor.

Oakmont Playreaders concluded “The Browning Version,” by Terrance Rattigan, last week and now are on to more dramatic venues as Ron White presents “Dinner With Friends,” by Donald Margulies. This play is read on August 9 and 16 by Ron White, Sandy White, Ginna Zoellner, John Dolan, and Ginny Smith. Over the past decade, Donald Margulies has written some of the most insightful works in contemporary American drama. As with all of Margulies’s work, he is a master of observing what might be considered the ordinary moments of life and its foibles with fresh ears. Dinner with Friends is a funny yet bittersweet examination of the married lives of two couples who have been extremely close for dozens of years. Although it seems to be treading on familiar ground, Dinner keeps changing its perspective to show how one couple’s breakup can have equally devastating effects on another’s stability. On August 23 and 30, Sandy White presents “Passing Strangers,” by Eric Chappell. The cast includes: Jeff Sheff, Jackie Kokemor, Sandy White, Hal McCown, Mark Rosen, and Charley Hensley.

Caption: Cast of “The Browning Version,” by Terrance Rattigan. Standing: Hal McCown, D. Hall, Charley Ensley, John Dolan, and Jane Borr. Seated: Al Johnson and Jackie Kokemor.

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